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Don't Knock the Rock (1956)

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A disc jockey tries to prove to teenagers' parents that rock 'n' roll is harmless and won't turn their kids into juvenile delinquents.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Haley's Comets (as Bill Haley and His Comets)
Alan Dale ...
Arnie Haines
Alan Freed ...
Alan Freed
The Treniers ...
The Trenirs
Little Richard
Dave Appell ...
Dave Appell
Applejacks ...
The Applejacks
Patricia Hardy ...
Francine MacLaine
Fay Baker ...
Arlene MacLaine
Sunny Everett
Gail Ganley ...
Molly Haines, Sister
Pierre Watkin ...
Mayor George Bagley
George Cisar ...
Influential Citizen Tom Everett
Dick Elliott ...
Sheriff at End
Jovada Ballard ...
Jovada Ballard - Jitterbug Contest Winner


Rock-and-roller Arnie Haynes returns to his hometown as a hero to the teenagers. However, the mayor and other concerned adults have banned him from performing in his hometown because they consider him and his music a negative influence on the youth. But with the help of disc jockey/publicist Alan Freed and fellow artists (including Bill Haley and the Comets and Little Richard), they hope to convince everyone that rock and roll is not as dangerous as the adults think. Written by <>

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Good Rock and Roll movie
19 February 2003 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

I always liked this film. Not a bad plot, the acting is better than average and there is, of course, some great music. Bill Haley and Little Richard provide some real excitement, plus here's a chance to see the great Treniers and talented pop singer Alan Dale in rare screen appearances. The legendary Alan Freed plays a sometimes over zealous manager and is terrific in the role. Rock and Roll fans should not pass this one by!

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